Few incidents at Dodgers-Giants game

Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:33 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- No major incidents of fan violence were reported before or during the Dodgers 6-1 victory over the Giants on Monday night, the first game between the teams in San Francisco following the brutal attack on Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

"I think it went very well," said Jorge Costa, the Giants' senior vice president for stadium operations. "There was the typical stupidity and typical stuff you'd see at a Giants-Dodgers game, but other than that, I think everything went very well.

"I think we had a strong message of 'zero tolerance' and the people who tested it got dealt with."

Costa said the security and police presence at Monday's game was comparable to a World Series game, approximately 30-40 percent larger than a typical home game.

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Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesDodgers' Jamey Carroll speaks to fans before the Dodgers-Giants game on reducing fan violence.

"There were a few arrests for public intoxication, run of mill profanity and antisocial behavior. But at this moment, there's nothing beyond that that we're aware of. I just got back from the parking lots and it was a pretty mellow crowd," said Costa.

It will remain at that level for the final two games of the series.

"This is only one game," he said. "We're not about to put our guard down. There's two more to go. And then they do come back in here eight times so we have to be ready for it.

"We're going to keep it where it is for now."

Costa could not discuss the number of people who were arrested or ejected on Monday night. But fans in the stands said the police presence at AT&T Park was noticeable and a clear deterrent to any violence.

"It was a little more intense than it normally is for a Giants-Dodgers game," said Dodger fan Crystal Marshall, who drove from Fresno to attend Monday's game.

"I had some fans coming up to me in line, asking why we put someone in a coma. Stupid stuff like that. But I didn't feel threatened or scared. There were a lot of police here. And I came with a group of Giants fans, so I knew they'd have my back."

Marshall came dressed in a Dodgers shirt, hat and jacket for Monday's game. While tailgating in the parking lot beforehand, she bought a black and orange sweatshirt in support of Stow and donated $20 to the fund to support him and his family.

"That's the only way I'd ever wear black and orange," she said. "What happened to him was really awful."

Approximately 80 of Stow's colleagues from the paramedics company American Medical Response were in attendance for Monday's game, collecting donations in and around AT&T Park for Stow and his family.

Spokesman Jason Sorrick said that they raised $58,800 at Mondays game. An event at Dodger Stadium earlier in the day raised $61,000, he said.

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com

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